Penguin have recently teamed up with Wattpad to bring you the #OriginalSix, a collection of books originally posted on Wattpad by their authors, which have now been published by Penguin! If you don’t know what Wattpad is, here’s a little background: the online platform is a space for writers to share with their fans their original stories by uploading them piece by piece online. It has created a diverse, global community of over 70 million readers, writers, and book-lovers, and is home to a plethora of fantastic authors!
The six books span genres and explore a range of themes and ideas with a whole host of interesting characters. I love this collaboration because not only is it a great way to shine a spotlight on some new authors, but I think that traditional publishing can sometimes prevent some amazing writers achieve their goals, so this collaboration, I think, is incredibly innovative and just what the book community and industry needs!
So without further ado, please find below my three mini-reviews for three of the #OrginialSix, and make sure to follow the links to read more about these fantastic books and get yourself a copy of one, two, or all six of them! Also, if you want to read more about the collaboration and the other three books in the collection, then click here.
I love romance, so this book immediately sounded like one I would enjoy. Cupid’s Match follows the story of Lila Black who finds herself coupled up with OG cherub, bad boy Cupid in this supernatural teen romance. Not at all believing that he even exists, let alone that she’s been matched with him, Lila must navigate this new situation, and learn for herself if he could ever be the one for her.
Now, as someone who doesn’t actually read much YA, I was worried this book would conform to all the stereotypes I don’t enjoy, but, I’m so glad I was wrong. The characters were lovable, the storyline was completely implausible, but thrilling the whole way through, and as someone with a penchant for mythology, I loved all the little tidbits Palphreyman included to pay homage to them. Overall I think this book is simply-put a crowd-pleaser, I can’t think of many readers who would not adore it, and having read it in one sitting, I can safely say I very much enjoyed it!
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What Happened That Night
This book was gripping, and I was terrified for most of it – I don’t have a strong stomach for anything too scary, and let’s just say I quickly worked out I could not read this book at night. What Happened that Night is a chilling novel which centres mainly on two sisters – Clara and Emily Porterfield. When Griffin Tomlin, their next-door neighbour, is found dead everyone quickly learns that it was Emily who killed him. However, only Clara knows why…
This book had so many unexpected twists; I thought when I first started reading that I would be able to predict it, but it’s safe to say this novel was anything but predictable. It was such an important story, but the author managed to tell it with a real ability to not just see “victim” and “perpetrator”, she was able to show in a beautiful way the human way we deal with trauma and expressed that while it’s definitely not perfect, it is unashamedly human. Cameron chilled me with her story, but I think it’s such a layered narrative, and I urge everyone to read this.
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I’m A Gay Wizard
I’m A Gay Wizard was the one I had the least expectations for when I read these books’ synopsis – I knew it would be full of magic, and assumed it would be very gay, but apart from that, I really didn’t know what to expect! When Johnny and his best friend Alison find themselves extracted by people from the Marduk Institute (a school for wizards) after they use magic against the school bullies, they have to learn to navigate a whole new world and forget everything they thought was plausible. They quickly realise that the school is not all it seems, and very soon find themselves fighting monsters far more life-threatening than the bullies they’re used to.
I have to admit, that this book definitely conformed to the most “YA stereotypes” that I don’t enjoy, however, that aside, I loved Santoni’s take on this magical world. One thing which I think is important when dealing with anything magical or supernatural is the complexity; an author has to think about all the small details in order to make the world realistic (I mean, think how complicated the HP universe is (though full of loopholes, but that’s not a conversation for now!)) I think Johnny was a lovable protagonist and I enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes, and again, as a lover of romance, I was all for the hot boys he found himself with feelings for along the way. Plus with LGBTQ+ representation galore, this book shone an important spotlight too.
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Thank you to Penguin for sending me these books in exchange for three honest reviews.